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U.S. allies retaliate after Trump lets steel tariffs take effect for Europe, Mexico and Canada

U.S. allies retaliate after Trump lets steel tariffs take effect for Europe, Mexico and Canada

President Trump’s decision Thursday to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union sharply escalated global trade tensions and widened a rift with America’s closest allies.

The Trump administration’s announcement that its once-delayed tariffs would take effect starting Friday was met with swift condemnation and promises of dollar-for-dollar retaliation as well as a multilateral challenge at the World Trade Organization.

Canadian leaders reacted particularly angrily to the tariffs, 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum. Trump had justified the import levies on the grounds of national security — a line of reasoning that Canadian officials called...

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